"American Masters: Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay" (PBS, Friday); "American Experience: Edison" (PBS, Tuesday). Two films about magicians, transformation and the impossible made real.
"Backstrom," which premieres Thursday on Fox, is Rainn Wilson's way back to television, some 16 months after the end of "The Office." It is good to see him, and all in all, good to see him here.
Larry Wilmore, formerly the Senior Black Correspondent on "The Daily Show" -- a fake title for a fake news show -- Monday night assumed the real title of host of "The Nightly Show," Comedy Central's quite promising replacement series for the departed "The Colbert Report."
"The Nightly Show" (Comedy Central, weeknights beginning Monday); "Al Madrigal: Half Like Me" (Hulu now; Fusion, Thursday). This week Larry Wilmore, former Senior Black Correspondent for "The Daily Show," which is a fake news title -- moves into the spot formerly occupied by "The Colbert...
In "Bella and the Bulldogs," which premieres Saturday on Nickelodeon, a Texas middle school cheerleader lives her dream when she becomes her football team's quarterback. It's an aspirational, multicultural, feminist tweencom with a laugh track — which is to say, really, that it is like...
"Whitney," a biopic of the singer Whitney Houston — you were expecting maybe Eli Whitney? — premiering Saturday on Lifetime, is certainly not the worst film to be made from a real person's life.
It is already the fourth season of Amazon Studios pilots — they are having such fun that last year they did it twice — in which prospective series are paraded for public view and comment. It is now no longer an experiment, but a certified Real Thing, and it shows.
"Man Seeking Women," a conceptually lithe new comedy premiering Wednesday on FXX (not to be confused with FX, but you will anyway), stars Jay Baruchel as a man not getting over a breakup.